McDonald'sIs gaining weight an occupational hazard of working at McDonald's (MCD)? A Brazilian judge has ruled yes, at least in the case of a former franchise manager who said he gained 65 pounds in 12 years of working for the chain best known for its hamburgers.

The 32-year-old man, whose identity wasn't disclosed, blamed the company's policy of mandatory food sampling and the free lunches McDonald's offered to employees, the Associated Press reported. Judge Joao Filho ruled against the company, ordering McDonald's to pay its former employee $17,500.

"We're disappointed with this preliminary court ruling, as it's not an accurate representation of our highly regarded work environment and culture," McDonald's said in a statement. "This case is still a pending legal matter and it would be premature to draw conclusions at this time."

The case could have broader implications for the world's largest restaurant operator if other employees also file suits. More than 400,000 employees work at more than 32,000 McDonald's restaurants in more than 100 countries.


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scrupie

When will the people take responsibility for their own stupidity. Laws are getting as stupid as the people, but then again look at what we in the US elected for a president.

November 01 2010 at 12:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
janlg35

Ya, mandatory FREE LUNCHES is a bitch.

November 01 2010 at 11:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jerrymaysville

Wow that sounds like he just cut off the hand that fed him. I wonder if he had complained about the company policy before he ate the samples. who is going to feed him when he wastes the money he just recieved as an award for eating while working at farmer macks place. And what about all those people recieving food stamps, are they gaining any weight. Oh, thats right, they have {exetrasize} machines to keep there weight down.

October 31 2010 at 10:36 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
ravensf55

Should of got them to throw in Lipo and a Tummy Tuck lol lol lol

October 31 2010 at 8:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
TYLER11EIAN4

The only person who wins in this case is one of the lawyers. I wonder if he has lost any weight since he no longer works there?

October 31 2010 at 7:55 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
bormanb100

Nice to see the U.S. is not the only one with stupid judges.

October 31 2010 at 7:49 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
floyd60

I gained 35 pounds over the last 20 years from food I bought at Von's market, I bought most of it because they advertised it in the newspaper. Do I have a basis for a law suit against the grocery and/or the newspaper? Would some lawyer want to take my case on contingency basis? I sure could use a few thousand dollars of free money (I know it's not really free as other customers will have to pay more to cover my award, but that is the way the legal system works).

October 31 2010 at 7:46 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Billy

Take this Judge outside and shoot the dumazz SOB

October 31 2010 at 7:39 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
Richard Martucci Jr

almost like some idiot in new york...guy is sueing bumble bee tuna and stop and shop....because he says he had high amounts of mercury in him..what do you expect he at 10 cans of tuna a week for 2 years...

October 31 2010 at 7:35 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Richard Martucci Jr

did this guy ever hear bring your own lunch..

October 31 2010 at 7:34 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply